The job market has fueled the growth of kinesiology programs over the past decade. The primary career paths are physical/occupational therapy, medical doctor, and physician assistant. More than 185,000 physical therapists and 104,000 occupational therapists were employed in the U.S. in 2008. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment growth rates of between 24 percent and 39 percent for these three careers, by 2018.
The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology prepares students for the study of human movement as it relates to physical activity, health, exercise and disease, and injury prevention and treatment. Using both human and animal models and reflecting research ranging from basic to applied, it draws from an interdisciplinary body of knowledge grounded in the biological, psychological, physical sciences, and social sciences. Students will study biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, motor development, and exercise and health psychology. Ninety percent of ASU kinesiology students prepare to become physical therapists. The program also prepares students for other graduate studies in health.